Friday, June 26, 2009

...

It's been quite the week:

- Ed McMahon
- Billy Red Lyons
- Romeo Leblanc
- Farah Fawcett

And of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

You will all be missed. For what you all gave to society, we say thank you. Rest in peace.

- ER

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Re. The Super Playlist

New entries are in red.

1. Kennedy Killed the Hat - Buck 65
2. I bought some books - Black Boot Trio
3. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
4. Vacation - The Go-Go's
5. Like a Prayer - Madonna
6. Night Swimming - REM
7. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
8. Ring, Ring - Abba
9. Call on Me - Eric Prydz
10. November Rain - Guns N Roses
11. Cruel Summer - Bannanarama
12. Hung up - Madonna
13. 463 - Buck 65
14. Judy is a Punk - The Ramones
15. The Laws have Changed - The New Pornographers
16. Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn feat. Jack White
17. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
18. The Card Cheat - The Clash
19. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
20. Boys in the Bright White Sports Car - Trooper
21. Mandy - Barry Manilow
22. Let's Get Together - Al Green
23. Mickey - Toni Basil
24. Bodies - Drowning Pool
25. Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
26. Bawitaba - Kid Rock
27. Losing Grip - Avril Lavigne
28. City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
29. Pump it - Black Eye Peas
30. Lonely Old Eyes - Neko Case
31. Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin
32. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
33. Don't Walk Away Eileen - Sam Roberts
34. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy & Anthrax
35. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
36. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
37. My Immortal - Evanescense
38. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
39. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
40. Bad Habit - The Offspring
41. LDN - Lily Allen
42. Man I use to Be - K-OS
43. Lolipop - Aqua
44. Banquet - Bloc Party
45. The Sign - Ace of Base
46. Rise Above - Black Flag
47. Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
49. Hello - Lionel Richie
50. River - Joni Mitchell
51. Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
52. Knock on Wood - Amy Stewart
53. My Heart Skips A Beat - Buck Owens
54. Levon - Elton John
55. Use It - The New Pornographers
56. The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
57. Graceland - Paul Simon
58. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
59. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morrisette
60. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
61. Inside And Out - Feist
62. Crosseyed And Painless - Talking Heads
63. Give It To Me - Timberland feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
64. Intervention - Arcade Fire
65. I'm Afraid Of Brittany Spears - LiveonRelease
66. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
67. Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
68. Hard To Concentrate - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
69. Sabotage - Beastie Boys
70. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - Kanye West
71. One Thing - Finger Eleven
72. Changes - 2pac
73. Gone Away - The Offspring
74. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
75. 1234 - Feist
76. Relax, Take It Easy - Mika
77. God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols
78. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
79. Miami - Will Smith
80. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
81. TV Party - Black Flag
82. Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - Crash Test Dummies
83. 99 Problems - Jay Z
84. Sorrow - Bad Religion
85. Body Count - Body Count
86. What's the Frequency, Kenneth - REM
87. What Do I Get - The Buzzcocks
88. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice
89. New Slang - The Shins
90. Wait For You - Elliot Yamin
91. Needy Girl - Chromeo
92. Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
93. When The Levee Breaks - Led Zepplin
94. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle
95. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
97. Your Ex-Love Is Dead - Stars
98. What Is Life - George Harrison
99. Time To Pretend - MGMT
100. Daughter - Loudon Wainwright
101. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
102. Leave It Behind - The Offspring
103. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
104. Six Days - DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def
105. The Con - Tegan and Sara
106. Universal Soldier - Buff Sainte-Marie
107. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
108. Let's Get Crazy - Prince
109. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
110. Striptease by Hawksley Workman
111. Jolene by Dolly Parton
112. Kids by MGMT
113. Spaceman by Bif Naked
114. Africa by Toto
115. Sad Lisa by Cat Stevens
116. Bud the Spud by Stompin' Tom Connors

- ER

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fresh New Comedy

Episode #2 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition profiles TheSketchers.com, a brand new Toronto-based website that features independently produced sketch comedy.

www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

(Next Episode: July 3, 2009)

- ER

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Re. The Disabled List

Oh dear. Roy Halladay, Casey Janssen and Scott Downs have been placed on Toronto's disabled list. Brutal, absolutely brutal.

If you're keeping score at home, you'll no doubt discover that the Blue Jays' 2008 rotation is completely out of the picture right now. Doc, Dustin McGowan, Sean Marcum and Jesse Litsch are all spending time on the DL, while A.J. Burnett left for New York.

Unbelievable.

Of course, Halladay will return shortly. However, it's going to be very interesting. Looks like the rotation will be Scott Richmond, Brad Mills, Brian Tallet, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil. Jason Frasor will probably fill in for Downs. Speaking of Downs...

For the record, my recent article about him has no connection with his injury. It's just an unfortunate coincidence. Trust me, there's no such thing as a GoodPoint curse.

Meanwhile, I'm having this vision: Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine.....wearing Blue Jay uniforms....

- ER

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Final Thoughts: NBA Playoffs

- Damn Lakers. Damn Kobe.

- I should've known better. The western teams tend to be better than the eastern teams. The Lakers have much more experience than Orlando as well. That's all I've got to say.

RECAP:

First round - five out of eight

Second round - four out of four

Third round - two out of two

Final round - zero out of one

Total Score - 11 out of 15, 73%

- ER

Monday, June 15, 2009

Final Thoughts: NHL Playoffs

- Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins. I'm looking forward to see what the future will hold for this team. I was just a toddler when the Oilers won five cups in seven years. I wasn't alive when the Canadiens won five straight cups in the 50's and four straight cups in the 70's. Don't forget about the Islanders of the early 80's. I truly feel we're about to witness the creation of a legacy. Full credit to Pittsburgh. I didn't expect much from them this year. I was wrong.

- I was really glad to see Crosby back on the bench for the third period. Could you imagine watching your team win game seven of the Stanley Cup final in the medical room?

- Chris Osgood has to be the most underrated goalie of the last thirty years. He's quietly had so much success. If it was up to me, I would've given him the Conn Smyth trophy. From this point forward, I will mention him, Brodeur, Hasek and Roy in the same sentence.

- Definition of irony: The Penguins have won three cups on the road. The only time the Stanley Cup was presented in Pittsburgh was when Detroit won last year.

- When the puck struck the Pittsburgh crossbar, I knew nothing else would go in.

RECAP:

First round - six out of eight

Second round - two out of four

Third round - one out of two

Final round - one out of one

Total score - 10 out of 15, 67%

- ER

Monday, June 08, 2009

Shorter is Better

The premiere episode of This Is Toronto is now available!

This edition features a preview of the 15th annual WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL; June 16-21.

To listen, head to www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com

(NEXT EPISODE: June 19, 2009)

- ER

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Toronto-themed Podcast Debuts June 5th

Toronto’s arts and culture community has a new voice: This Is Toronto, an audio podcast that shines a spotlight on the people, places and events that give life to this great city. This Is Toronto will not focus on the “big-ticket” names and occasions. Instead, the program will feature items that enrich Toronto’s cultural atmosphere.

This Is Toronto will premiere on Friday, June 5, 2009. Episodes will be available off the program’s website: www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com. New episodes are published on Fridays, once every two weeks. All episodes will be about 10-12 minutes in length.

This Is Toronto is hosted and produced by Eric Rosenhek. Eric is a freelance journalist and has written for several publications. He’s also a former host and producer with CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa. An avid podcaster, Eric has produced two other podcasts: The Audio Circus (2006-2008) and FutuR√©ale Radio (2008-2009).

- ER

Monday, June 01, 2009

NBA Playoff Predictions - Championship Final

Right about Orlando and Los Angeles. Lakers/Denver was a perfect prediction.

NBA Final

Orlando over LA Lakers in six

NOTES: The Magic have been quietly going about their business, while everyone was focusing on Boston, Cleveland and the Lakers. The time has come for Orlando to show everyone how talented they are. Dwight Howard is an absolute star. It'll be fun comparing his performance to Kobe Bryant's.

- ER